Opinions, Beliefs and Social Media – Maybe We Should All Just Agree to Disagree

One of the reasons I stopped spending so much time on Facebook was due to the amount of online ‘arguing’. For a while there, it seemed like conflict was the order of the day. It was particularly noticeable around big issues like the refugee crisis, Brexit and the Scottish Referendum. But in general, arguments could…

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Five Reasons to Pick Up a Book on World Book Day

With World Book Day on the horizon, what better excuse to share something bookish? There are few things that make me happier in life than devouring copious amounts of words written on a page. Put a book in front of me and I’m smiling, put me in a lovely library and I’m ecstatic, put me in a…

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For the Love of Snow

One morning last week, we woke up to a snowy winter wonderland. More than that, the snow heralded the start of a week where the world seemed to slow down on its axis for a little while. As the kids ran around delighting in news of a day off school I hugged a warm drink and watched a…

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Health, Happiness and Learning To Go a Little Slow

It would be easy to assume that living in the Highlands of Scotland, I’d be an expert at what people might call ‘slow living’. Surrounded by open countryside, big skies and beaches that go on forever, I should be that quintessential free-range Mummy staring out onto the horizon and holding steaming mugs of hot sweet…

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A Boy Made of Joy

A few weeks ago, while chatting about his day at school, my eight year old told me he was feeling happy because he had spent his day ‘spreading joy’. When I asked him what he meant by that, he told me he had said something nice to a Dad at the school gate, and written…

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Helping Children to be Kind

My eldest son recently had a talk on bullying at school, and it got me to thinking how important it is as parents to encourage our children to be kind. In an age where cyber bulling and feelings of social isolation amongst young people seem to be on the increase, finding ways to teach our…

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